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Doctor’s Office Closed? Seattle Children’s Main Hospital Urgent Care Clinic Can Help

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November 01, 2011

New Seattle Location Provides Option to the Emergency Room for Children Needing After Hours Non-Emergency Medical Attention

Seattle Children’s today announced the opening of a walk-in Seattle Urgent Care Clinic at its main hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood. The Clinic provides an alternative care option to the hospital’s Emergency Room (ER) for children needing non-emergency medical attention in the evenings, over the weekends and during the holidays. It is located on the fourth floor of the hospital’s Whale building in an area that is utilized during the day for clinical appointments.

The Seattle Urgent Care Clinic will be staffed by pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners, and will serve as a resource to patients and their families for injuries or illness that require non-emergent medical attention. No appointments or referrals are necessary, and notes from a child's visit will be faxed to his or her primary care provider within 24 hours.

“The Seattle Urgent Care Clinic adds to Children’s other options for emergency and urgent care – an Urgent Care Clinic in Bellevue and an ER at the main hospital,” said Rebecca Partridge, MD, director of Seattle Children’s Urgent Care Clinics. “When the doctor’s office is closed, our Urgent Care Clinics can provide care for a child’s non-emergency illness or injury that can’t wait for routine office assessment.”

Children’s Urgent Care Clinics are not intended for acute or life-threatening emergencies, but are appropriate for minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains, cuts, head injuries without loss of consciousness, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, earaches, and mild asthma attacks. In the event that a child has a more vital medical need, Children’s Urgent Care Clinics’ medical staff will transport the patient to Children’s ER. In the case of the main hospital location, the Children’s ER is within walking distance.

It can be confusing when determining what ailments are best cared for by a visit to an urgent care clinic. To help parents determine whether a visit to Children’s Urgent Care Clinics or the ER is best, please view our video:

Hours of operation at the Seattle Urgent Care Clinic will be the same as Children’s Urgent Care Clinic in Bellevue: Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. No appointment or referral is necessary.

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit

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